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“Layers” Knoxville, TN 9/10/16

Voter Registration Information And Deadlines

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The New York Times has a list of deadlines and other applicable information for registering to vote in each of the fifty states. There’s still plenty of time in most of the country, so get to it.

This Time, Anthony Weiner Could Be In Serious Legal Trouble

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Less than a month after he was back in the news with another sexting scandal  that led his wife Huma Abedin to file for divorce, former Congressman Anthony Weiner faces what could be some very serious legal problems: Federal authorities in New York have issued a subpoena for records pertaining to allegations that Anthony D. […]

I Always Feel Like Someone is Watching me

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Via The Atlantic: All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You: A system called “WiKey” presented at a conference last year could tell what keys a user was pressing on a keyboard by monitoring minute finger movements. Once trained, WiKey could recognize a sentence as it was typed with 93.5 percent accuracy—all using nothing but […]

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“Purple” June 21, 2016 Pike Road, AL

Looking to Peace with the FARC

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By me at ORIGINS: Current Events in Historical Perspective Colombia: On the Brink of Peace with the FARC?

Australian Prime Minister Proposes Non-Binding Plebiscite On Same-Sex Marriage

Australia’s Prime Minister is proposing a national vote on the issue of same-sex marriage: SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s divisive debate over same-sex marriage returned to Parliament on Wednesday when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull implored lawmakers to support a bill that would ask Australians to vote yes or no on gay marriage. “If ever there is […]

Deplorable and Illogical

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Rudy Giuliani on This Week this weekend: STEPHANOPOULOS: They do emerge from September 11th. And one of the things that Donald Trump also said on Thursday night, again, is that we should’ve taken the oil of Iraq. Even if you could do that practically, and most experts say you couldn’t, wouldn’t that just be theft? […]

Greta Friedman, Who Claimed To Be Nurse In Iconic V-J Day Photo, Dies At 92

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Greta Friedman, who claimed to be the nurse in an iconic photograph taken by Time/Life photographer Alex Eisenstadt, has died at the age of 92: Greta Friedman, who said she was grabbed and kissed by a sailor in a euphoric moment that made for one of the most defining American photos of the 20th century, […]

“We’re The Only Plane In The Sky”

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As we approach the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on Sunday, Politico is up with a fascinating first-person account of the attack from the point of view of White House aides, military officers, and members of the traveling press corps who were with President Bush the day everything changed. It follows the story from […]

Trump Campaign Raised $90 Million In August

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Falling short of the market set by Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump’s campaign announced that he raised $90 million in August: Together with his joint committees, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump raised $90 million in August, according to a CNN report. Trump’s fundraising total represents a $10 million increase from his July total but still trailed […]

An Odd Definition of “Low Demographic Diversity”

I will admit that the following paragraph from Matthew Dowd writing at the WSJ is not well constructed, so perhaps I am missing something, but he seems to have an odd definition of low demographic diversity (at least in terms of a likely Clinton electoral coalition): 2. On Election Day it is highly likely that the […]

Reading Recommendation on the Roots of White Nationalism in the Current Debate

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Two key questions about the Trump candidacy are:  what does it say about the Republican Party/conservative movement, and where does the party/movement go from here? Along these lines is a lengthy piece in the The Guardian that I would recommend: The dark history of Donald Trump’s rightwing revolt. The piece focuses on the division between establishment conservatives and […]

Green Party POTUS Candidate Jill Stein Flies To Wrong City

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Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein had an embarrassing logistical error today: Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was scheduled to speak at Capital University in Bexley at noon today but it looks like she’s running a little late. That’s because instead of flying into Columbus, she accidentally went to Cincinnati instead, according to the […]

Moderators For Presidential Debates Announced

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The moderators for the four fall debates have been announced: Lester Holt, Martha Raddatz, Anderson Cooper and Chris Wallace have been selected to moderate this year’s presidential debates, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Friday. Mr. Holt, the anchor of the “NBC Nightly News,” will moderate the first debate on Sept. 26; Ms. Raddatz […]

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“On Lake Michigan” June 25, 2016

Hillary Clinton Raises $143 Million For Campaign, Democratic Party In August

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign had a very prosperous August: Hillary Clinton raised $143 million in August, a total that includes her own campaign’s collections as well as money for joint fundraising committees with the national and state parties. Her campaign hailed the monthly fundraising haul Thursday as its best of the campaign cycle. The Democratic nominee […]

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Convicted, Removed From Office On Impeachment Charges

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was convicted and removed from office on impeachment charges by the nation’s Senate earlier today: BRASILIA — Brazil’s Senate ousted Dilma Rousseff as president Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly to impeach the leftist leader in the culmination of a protracted process that has divided the country. The vote to impeach Rousseff was 61 to […]

Don’t Ever Change New York Post. Don’t Ever Change.

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As you might expect, the New York Post‘s headline on l’affair Weiner is a classic: Don’t ever change guys, don’t ever change.

Anthony Weiner Is Sexting Again

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While his wife is off working on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign, and most likely a top level position in a Clinton White House, former Congressman Anthony Weiner is apparently caught up in another sexting scandal.  Seriously? Someone needs to take this guy’s smartphone away. Update: Weiner’s Twitter account has been deleted. Something tells me that […]

Some Alt-Right Basics

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Via RawStory:  The Alt-Right Dictionary: 7 terms you need to know to understand Trump’s most hateful supporters. And, straight from two of the self-proclaimed leaders of the movement from back in March at Breitbart:  An Establishment Conservative’s Guide To The Alt-Right.  

Steven Hill, Who Played D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies At 94

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Steven Hill, a long-time actor who achieved fame late in life as the long-serving District Attorney Adam Schiff on Law & Order, has died at 94: Steven Hill, who originated imposing lead roles on two notable television series, “Mission: Impossible” in the 1960s and “Law & Order” in the 1990s, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. […]

Michele Bachmann Advising Trump On Foreign Policy

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Former Minnesota Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says she’s advising Donald Trump on foreign policy: Tea Party firebrand Michele Bachmann says she is advising Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on foreign policy. The former Minnesota congresswoman attended a fundraiser in the state for Trump on Saturday, where she revealed to the press that she […]

Trump’s Speaking Style

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Tara Golshan has an interesting piece at Vox:  Donald Trump’s strange speaking style, as explained by linguists which is worth a read. I will say that it includes a quote that may qualify for Understatement of the Year: “His speeches are full of non sequiturs,” says Kristin Kobes Du Mez, a Calvin College historian Of the passages […]

Liz Cheney Wins GOP Primary For Wyoming’s House Seat

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Former Vice-President Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz Cheney is most likely headed to Congress after winning the Republican primary for Wyoming’s at-large Senate seat: Liz Cheney won the GOP primary for Wyoming’s at-large House seat Tuesday, clearing the biggest hurdle to Congress for the national security hawk and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney […]

Kenny Baker, The Actor Inside R2-D2, Dies At 81

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Kenny Baker, best known as the man inside R2-D@, one of only two characters to appear in all of the principal Star Wars films that have been released to date, has died at the age of 81: Kenny Baker, the British actor who rose to fame by playing the robot R2-D2 in six “Star Wars” […]

Trump Shuts Down In New Jersey

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Despite previous promises that he’d win the state, it looks like Donald Trump is giving up on New Jersey: Donald Trump and his supporters claimed, once the Republican nomination was wrapped up, that traditionally blue New Jersey could be in play come November. With great fanfare, Trump’s campaign opened a New Jersey office on May […]

Paul Ryan Easily Wins Primary

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Notwithstanding a push by Trump supporters and hard right pundits, House Speaker Paul Ryan easily won his primary challenge last night: WASHINGTON — The House speaker, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, easily won his Republican primary on Tuesday, defeating a political newcomer who had received a late surge of attention after being praised by Donald […]

Filing Deadlines

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If you are curious as to the filing deadlines for the presidency, Ballotpedia has the list.

Let the Unskewing Begin!

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Via RawStory:  ‘Polling can be skewed’: Four Trump surrogates go on CNN for mass denial of Trump’s lousy polls. Many apparently did not learn the lessons of 2012.

New ABC Poll: Trump Weaknesses and Post-Convention Info

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The new ABC News/Washington Post poll has some interesting data, including an extensive comparison of pre- and post-convention numbers across an array of variables. Of the things that struck was the following paragraph: Trump’s ratings in general haven’t worsened — they just haven’t improved since he claimed the Republican nomination. And the trouble list is […]

Kasich on Trump and Ohio

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“There will be sections he will win because people are angry, frustrated and haven’t heard any answers. But I still think it’s difficult if you are dividing to be able to win Ohio. I think it’s really, really difficult.”–Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio). 538’s Now-cast give Trump a 16.4% chance to win the state at the […]

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“Chicago Skyline” July 25, 2016 Chicago, IL

Meg Whitman Says She’ll Vote For Hillary Clinton

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Meg Whitman, a top Republican donor and fundraiser who ran for Governor of California in 2010, has become the latest Republican to announce she will support Hillary Clinton for President: Meg Whitman, a Hewlett Packard executive and Republican fund-raiser, said Tuesday that she would support Hillary Clinton for president and give a “substantial” contribution to […]

Trump Supporters Boo Mother Of Deployed Service Member

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The mother of a member of the Air Force found out quite harshly what Trump supporters think of those who disagree with them: CARSON CITY, Nevada — The woman, in a quiet voice, stood before the crowd of hundreds at a town hall-style event here with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and announced that her son […]

New York Republican Congressman Announces He’s Voting For Clinton

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Retiring Republican Congressman Richard Hanna of New York has announced that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton for President: WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, a three-term Republican, said Tuesday he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president because Donald Trump is “unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.” Hanna […]

The Deepening Disaster in Venezuela

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Via CNBC:  Venezuela calls for mandatory labor in farm sector The government of Venezuela has issued a decree that “effectively amounts to forced labor” in an attempt to fix a spiraling food crisis, according to a new report from Amnesty International. A Venezuelan ministry last week announced Resolution No. 9855, which calls for the establishment […]

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“Over the Tennessee” Florence, AL June 29, 2016

Barack Obama And The Case Of The Seven Almonds

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Earlier this month, James Joyner took note of a part of a long piece about President Obama’s late night work habits that seemed, well, rather odd. Specifically the fact that he limited his snacking to seven lightly-salted almonds. Not six almonds mind you, not eight, but precisely seven. And not regular or unsalted,  nut “lightly […]

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“Uncertain Path” June 28, 2016 near Cleveland, AL.

Norovirus Reportedly Striking Some Attendees At Republican Convention

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There are reports of a particularly nasty virus striking the Republican National Convention: CLEVELAND — The highly contagious norovirus appears to have hit the Republican National Convention. A dozen California Republican Party staff members, who arrived last week in Ohio ahead of the state’s delegates, have fallen ill with the virus, said Jim Brulte, chairman […]

A Bizarre First Day for Republican National Convention

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I haven’t yet watched any of the 2016 Republican National Convention but the first day was a beauty.

Afghan Teen Attacks Hong Kong Family on German Subway With an Ax

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Another bizarre attack that may be part of a larger pattern. Or a random act by a deranged individual. BBC: A teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train in southern Germany before being shot dead by police, officials say. Three people in a group from Hong Kong […]

Trump Vice-Presidential Announcement Delayed

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In the wake of last night’s apparent terrorist attack in Nice, Donald Trump’s campaign has delayed the announcement of the candidate’s running mate announcement, but we should know by early this afternoon if it really is Indiana Governor Mike Pence: CLEVELAND — In a stunning move late Thursday, Donald Trump said he was scrapping his […]

Boris Johnson UK’s New Foreign Secretary?!

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In her first official act as prime minister, Teresa May has appointed known nutjob Boris Johnson to run the UK’s foreign policy.   Let’s just say I was not expecting that.

Evan Bayh Seeking To Return To The Senate

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Evan Bayh is reportedly ready to enter the race to reclaim his old seat in the Senate: WASHINGTON — Former Senator Evan Bayh, Democrat of Indiana, is expected to announce that he will run to reclaim the job he gave up in 2010, a move that could strengthen the Democrats’ prospects of winning majority control […]

Presidential Debate Schedule Announced

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The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the dates and venues for this fall’s Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will participate in three general election debates from September through October, according to the schedule released Thursday by the nonpartisan organization that sponsors the debates. The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced […]

Leadsom Withdraws from UK PM Race

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Or, more accurately, she withdrew from the race to be leader of the Conservative Party, which would have lead to her being PM had she won. The BBC reports:  Theresa May set to be UK PM after Andrea Leadsom quits In a speech earlier on Monday setting out her leadership campaign platform, Mrs May – […]

Sydney H. Schanberg, New York Times Reporter Who Chronicled Khmer Rouge Terror, Dies At 82

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Sydney H. Schanberg, the New York Times reporter who chronicled the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the mid-1970s and whose reporting became the basis for the critically acclaimed film The Killing Fields, has died at the age of 82: Sydney H. Schanberg, a correspondent for The New York Times who won […]

Corker, Ernst Withdraw From Trump’s Veep Consideration

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Two potential Donald Trump running mates in the Senate have taken themselves out of contention. First up, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker said he’d prefer to focus on policy from the Senate: Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee who has recently emerged as a finalist in the search for […]

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